GIBCA – Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art
PLAY! Recapturing the Radical Imagination
7 September – 17 November, 2013
Stina Edblom (co- curator GIBCA 2011) and Edi Muka (co-curator GIBCA 2007) have been appointed artistic directors of the biennial. They have formulated the conceptual framework and invited four international curators to develop individual episodes, using this framework as a starting point. Together, and through very diverse curatorial perspectives, these episodes will give form to GICBA 2013.
Katerina Gregos is an art historian, curator and writer based in Brussels. She has curated several large-scale international exhibitions including, more recently, Newtopia: The State of Human Rights (Mechelen & Brussels, 2012) and Speech Matters, the Danish Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennial, an international exhibition on freedom of speech (2011). She was co-curator of the 4th Fotofestival Mannheim Ludwigshafen Heidelberg (Germany, 2011). Currently she is also artistic director for the 2013 edition of Art Brussels and co-curator (with Luigi Fassi) of an exhibition for the Steirischer Herbst Festival in Graz, Austria.
Ragnar Kjartansson in collaboration with Andjeas Ejiksson. Kjartanson is an artist whose experimental practice is rooted in a tradition of acting and performance. His work is characterized by the tragicomic spectacle of human experience where sorrow collides with happiness, horror with beauty, and drama with humor. Kjartansson has exhibited widely and represented Iceland at the 53 Venice Biennale in 2009. He lives and works in Reykjavík, Iceland.Ejiksson is an artist, writer and editor based in Stockholm, Sweden. His works draw on the theatricality of writing and its different mediations and experiences, with a particular interest in the relation between art, bureaucracy and life. Ejiksson has been a researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht, Netherlands, and was until recently editor of the Swedish art magazine Geist.
Claire Tancons is a curator, writer and researcher focusing on carnival, public ceremonial culture and popular movements. The associate curator for Prospect.1 New Orleans, a curator for the 7th Gwangju Biennale, guest curator for CAPE09 and, more recently, associate curator for research for Biennale Bénin 2012, Tancons develops alternative genealogies and methodologies for thinking and presenting performance. Since 2012, she has been teaching a curatorial seminar on the processional as artistic and curatorial medium at IUAV University, Venice. She is the recipient of a 2012 Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award. Born in Guadeloupe, French West Indies, Tancons is based in New Orleans.
Joanna Warsza is a curator for visual, performing art and architecture, living and working in Berlin and Warsaw. She founded the Laura Palmer Foundation and was an associate curator of the 7th Berlin Biennale. Joanna works mostly in the public realm, examining social and political agendas, such as the invisibility of the Vietnamese community in Warsaw, or the legacy of post-Soviet architecture in Caucasus. Together with Krzysztof Wodiczko she runs a seminar on conflict and art at the SWPS Warsaw and with Florian Malzacher on political choreography at the UDK Berlin. She is curator of the Georgian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2013.